At Stonehill, the American Studies major draws on the strength of faculty in several departments: history, English, sociology, communication, political science, economics, arts and religious studies, among others. It often serves as a popular, practical and enriching double major choice for students in education, English, political science, or business.
Engendering a desire to help shape the world
The American Studies major is built upon our belief that the study of American society and culture allows students to develop skills in critical inquiry, communication, cultural knowledge and self-reflection that in turn engender students’ desire to shape the world beyond their classroom.
Through exploring “what is America?” and “who are Americans?” students will have the opportunity to position themselves as products as well as shapers of American culture.
A commitment to civic engagement and social stewardship
The major in American Studies is also built upon a commitment to civic engagement, public service and social stewardship through internships, student teaching and community partnerships. Faculty members work with students individually, helping them to create a program of study according to their interests and goals. A major in American Studies is sometimes paired with another major such as history, education, political science, arts or communication. Faculty members work with students individually, helping them to create a program of study according to their interests and goals.